Snoring

Snoring

What causes snoring? Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula, which occurs during sleep when the airway is obstructed.

Things that can cause your airway to become obstructed include: Allergies, alcohol because drinking alcohol before bedtime can make the throat muscles especially relaxed, causing obstruction.

Bulky throat tissue, being overweight can cause enlarged throat tissue, which narrows the airway. Large tonsils, children with especially large tonsils often snore. Chronic snoring has also been linked to sleep apnea, a serious condition that causes long interruptions of sleep and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea may also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Your dentist or doctor may also suggest simple snoring treatments such as losing weight, sleeping on your side and avoiding taking sleeping pills or antihistamines before going to bed. Medical and dental treatment for snoring includes: oral appliances, nasal strips, CPAP, and oral surgery.